Epstein–Barr virus

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Epstein–Barr
Epstein Barr Virus virions EM 10.1371 journal.pbio.0030430.g001-L.JPG
Two Epstein–Barr virions
Virus classification
Group: Group I (dsDNA)
Order: Herpesvirales
Family: Herpesviridae
Subfamily: Gammaherpesvirinae
Genus: Lymphocryptovirus
Species: Human herpesvirus 4 (HHV-4)
Synonyms
  • EB virus

The Epstein–Barr virus (EBV), also called human herpesvirus 4 (HHV-4), is one of eight viruses in the herpes family. It is one of the most common viruses in humans.

EBV is best known as the cause of infectious mononucleosis (glandular fever). It is also associated with some forms of cancer, such as Hodgkin's lymphoma, and conditions associated with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).[1][2] EBV may be associated with a higher risk of certain autoimmune diseases.[3][4][5][6] Some 200,000 cancer cases per year may be caused by (or associated with) EBV.[7]

Infection with EBV occurs by the transfer by mouth (oral transfer) of saliva and genital secretions.[8]

Most people become infected with EBV and gain adaptive immunity. In the United States, about half of all five-year-old children and about 90 percent of adults have evidence of previous infection.[9] Infants become susceptible to EBV as soon as maternal antibody protection disappears. Many children become infected with EBV, and these infections usually cause no symptoms or are just mild, brief illnesses of childhood. In the United States and other developed countries, many people are not infected with EBV in their childhood years. When infection with EBV occurs during adolescence, it causes glandular fever 35 to 50 percent of the time.[10]

EBV infects B cells of the immune system and epithelial cells. Once EBV's initial infection is brought under control, non-active EBV stays in the person's B cells for the rest of their life.[8]

References[change | change source]

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  5. Pender M.P. (2012). "CD8+ T-cell deficiency, Epstein–Barr virus infection, Vitamin D deficiency, and steps to autoimmunity: a unifying hypothesis". Autoimmune Diseases 2012: 189096. doi:10.1155/2012/189096. PMC 3270541. PMID 22312480. 
  6. Ascherio A. & Munger K.L. (September 2010). "Epstein–Barr virus infection and multiple sclerosis: a review". Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology 5 (3): 271–7. doi:10.1007/s11481-010-9201-3. PMID 20369303. 
  7. http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-us/cancer-news/press-release/2014-03-24-developing-a-vaccine-for-the-epstein-barr-virus-could-prevent-up-to-200000-cancers-globally-say
  8. 8.0 8.1 Amon, Wolfgang; Farrell (2004). "Reactivation of Epstein–Barr virus from latency". Reviews in Medical Virology 15 (3): 149–56. doi:10.1002/rmv.456. PMID 15546128. 
  9. About 90% of adults have antibodies that show that they have a current or past EBV infection. National Center for Infectious Diseases
  10. CDC. "Epstein–Barr virus and infectious mononucleosis". CDC. Retrieved 2011-12-29.